That’s a mouthful isn’t it. Clutter concealing skirted curtains! I like to call them “skirtains” for short.

Regardless of what they’re called they are a relatively inexpensive way to cheer up a space. At the same time they can hide a multitude of sins.

Bold Stripes

Under worktop curtain
Under worktop curtain

Choose a bold stripe to make a feature of your “skirtain” or a plain linen for a more pared back approach.

Laundry room under worktop curtain
Laundry room under worktop curtain

This laundry room has made a feature of its skirted curtains by using a primary colour and white stripe combination.

Plain Linen

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These two bathroom schemes are completely different in look and feel but the fabrics used in both are very similar.

Under sink curtain
Under sink curtain

Statement Pattern

An alternative approach might be to go all out and choose a fabric that matches your wallpaper. This can be particularly effective in a downstairs loo.

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Under sink curtain

Calming Vibe

The use of fabric curtains as a substitute for cupboard doors might seem more at home in a country style interior. They can however look equally appealing in a modern setting.

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Under sink curtain

The use of subtle stripe or a sharp ticking fabric would work well in a contemporary home.

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Under worktop curtain

Matching fabrics to paint colours is a sure way to achieve a calming vibe.

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Under worktop curtain

Soft fabrics such as a cotton gingham will work best. The gathers will fall into soft pleats.

Remnants

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Under sink curtain

For small spaces use cotton tea towels or offcuts to a make a simple screen.

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Compliment your “skirtain” with matching accessories for a coordinated kitchen.

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Use dressmaking remnants or shop around for an end of roll bargin. You may pick up a designer pattern without paying the full retail price.

Under sink curtain

I used offcuts from a pair of Ikea curtains to make this “skirtain” for my downstairs loo. A Cath Kidston spot fabric remnant came in handy to finish off the edges.

Skirted curtain
Skirted curtain

Fixing

To hang the skirted curtain use a wood dowel or net curtain wire.

Under worktop curtain
Under worktop curtain

Click this link to read more about my cloakroom makeover: https://langdonhyde.com/daring-patterns-and-dark-woods/

Follow these links for fabric suppliers:

Ikea Cath Kidston

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